Monday, March 19, 2012

Grand Opening Recap

 I wasn't very organized with my booth display this time but it was a relaxed country atmosphere at our opening. I did get some carpets and I was glad I did since we set up on the ground and the grass was very sparse; it was mostly sand

a pinch pot from one of my demonstrations

time out for sweet potato pie for breakfast before the crowds arrived
only a potter would have clay and a sponge on the same table as food

acrylic artist's booth

water colors and there was face painting during the day


 painting demo

 Gary on the left and Alexis in middle
I liked the wood displays she had I'd like to make some of these for my tables to add some height

music by Magic Bus duo

I took a few photos before the crowds arrived. I was busy with visitors to my booth and pinch pot demonstrations most of the day. Gary spent time watching the band, talking with all the visitors, and eating ribs made by Mt Carmel Baptist Church BBQ, which he said was delicious, so no photos of me. They also made the sweet potato pie which was unbelievably good. I had that for breakfast before everyone arrived.

Above is my quickly made pendent display a piece of luan plywood with some screws not screwed in all the way. The pendants hang nicely. I want to add a framed border around it with maybe some bamboo or other wood. I put the painter's tape so they don't swing in transport and remove it when I set it up on an easel. Besides bowls, my pendants and vine trays were the hottest sellers for the day. I also picked up a few more students for my pottery classes. We got up at 4:30 am to load the car, got there at 8 am to set up, and got home at 5:30 pm and are still worn out from the long day. The food and music were wonderful, had lots of visitors and sold a few pots, so it was a good day. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Hello Linda:
    This seems to have been a very successful day, and we are so pleased for you. These are not easy times for small businesses.

    It is fascinating to have seen pictures of the stalls - such variety and undoubted talent.

  2. Hi Jane and Lance, thanks, yes very successful and great fun visiting with all the art lovers.

  3. Sweet potato pie sounds so good! And ribs.
    Looks great Linda- what fun!

  4. Looks like it was a great opening! What fun to have music and good food too! Glad you sold some pieces!

  5. Looks like a great day was had by all and beautiful weather too! That's nice little pinch bowl!

  6. So glad to hear you had a positive day. Kuddos!

  7. Hi Meredith, thanks, yes the food was good and all home made and the music was great. The band was great with a Bonnie Raitt and JJ Cale.

    Hi Judy, thanks, yes, every little bit helps.

    Hi Suzi, thanks, if you look closely at the pinch bowl it has cat hairs in it. I guess my cats have been rubbing against the sponges. Ha.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, yes and the weather cooperated too.

  8. That looks like fun. It's always nice to have a relaxed show, especially when it's productive.

  9. Glad that the show went well for you, and that you'll be encouraging others to try pottery too. I'll be at the our potter's co-op gallery for the day here and you have inspired me to take a lump of clay to make a few pinch pots whilst in between customers.

  10. Sorry there were no pictures of you demonstrating. So glad it was a pleasant, successful and fun day. Rest up now.

  11. looks like a fabulous day... seems like we cat owners bring fur with us everywhere we go!
    awesome that you picked up some new students, teaching is the best way to bring in money on a more regular basis.

  12. Very happy you had a successful day. Your energy is amazing, Linda. You're inspiring!

  13. Sounds like you had a wonderful and successful day. So happy for you!

  14. Hi Lori, thanks, yes it was relaxed although it was hot in the afternoon.

    Hi Peter, thanks, pinching pots encourages folks to come into he booth out of curiosity and engage them easily in conversation about pottery. Plus they see how much work goes into pottery and helps them understand the cost to purchase.

    Hi Patti, thanks, yes I am needing some photos of me so I'm going to get Gary to take a few today.

    Hi Michele, thanks, I was rather mortified at all the cat hair in the bottom of the bowl, oh well what could I do.

    Hi Kittie, thanks, I do have a lot of energy, not sure where it comes from, but I'll take all I can get. Ha.

    Hi Charlene, thanks, yes a successful day always helps.


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